I found the solution using the routine recommended for a Windows XP
Desc: You Cannot Install Driver Files for Your Network Adapter and You
Receive a "Cannot Install This Hardware" Error Message
I used the following 'fudging' to make it work in windows 2000.
1. copied msconfig.exe from my Windows XP system to my
Windows 2000 system since it wasn't there already.
2. Skipped the line with save in\file\desktop (Line 14.)
All the rest worked out ok.
After inserting the driver floppy it installed okay and I was
able to go to the internet.
What a day. 8-)